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Battle Hill Farm Forest Park

Battle Hill Farm Forest Park

610 Paekakariki Hill Road, Pauatahanui, Porirua

Turn off SH 58 at Pauatahanui onto Paekakariki Hill Road and drive 6km to Battle Hill Farm Forest Park. Alternatively, turn off SH1 at Plimmerton onto Grays Rd, then turn left onto Paekakariki Hill Rd.

For more information check the Getting there tab in the left hand menu.

Opening hours

8am till dusk

Dogs are not permitted, including those in vehicles.

Fireworks are prohibited in all Regional Parks and Forests

Park notices

COVID-19 update

Posted 23/6/21

At Alert Level 2, we need to play it safe. Park trails are very busy at present, be aware of other walkers and bikers.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Keep a 2m distance from people you don’t know
  • Pay your camp fees at the self-registration stand
  • Dogs must be on leads
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Stay home if you are unwell

1080 operation, May-June 2021

Posted 31/5/21

We are undertaking an aerial possum control operation in the Akatarawa Forest, using the biodegradable pesticide, sodium fluoroacetate (1080). Non-toxic pre-feed application has occurred, and aerial baiting of 1080 is expected during the week of June 7.

This application is subject to suitable weather conditions, and delays may occur.

This operation affects a small section of Battle Hill Forest Park; the Puketiro Loop pine block which is adjacent to the Akatarawa Forest. For more information on this predator control operation, or others in our region, head to our 1080 operations page.


Battle Hill Farm Forest Park is 500 hectares of rolling paddocks, native bush and forestry, just under 40km from Wellington. Pitch your tent and toast marshmallows over an open campfire.

If you weren’t convinced already the park also has:

  • A historical working farm – complete with grazing horses and sheep. You might even see shearing in action
  • Trails suited for hooves, feet, tyres, and on some – baby buggies
  • Spectacular views of the Pauatahanui inlet and the new Transmission Gully motorway
  • Historic graveyard
  • Site of the 1846 battle between British and Ngāti Toa
  • Riding for the Disabled
  • Eel feeding

Allergies and Pollens 

Battle Hill Forest Park is prone to high levels of pollen. We recommend visitors who have a pollen allergy to carry appropriate medication.



Park history

On a cold August morning in 1846 the first shot was fired in a confrontation between Government forces and around 300 of Te Rangihaeata’s Ngati Toa near the summit of Battle Hill.

Get in touch

Phone: 0800 496 734
Fax: not available